Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Review: Will You Keep Watching?
Tonight marked the premiere of Once Upon a Time spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, which takes fans of the fairytale show out of Storybrooke, the Enchanted Forest, and Neverland and plants us firmly in Wonderland for another thrilling tale that puts about 100 twists on classic stories.
Was this latest offering as exciting as the original? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review of the premiere, and then sound off with your feelings in the comments below!
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It's only been one episode, but we'll admit we're already entirely enchanted by Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Was the pilot perfect? Hardly. But it had enough positive elements that we've already set our DVRs for the entire season.
So, what do we like? Well, for starters there's Alice. Spunky, resourceful, and strong-willed, she's great on paper, and actress Sophie Lowe makes her even more appealing in action. We're all about girl power, and Alice is a wonderful addition to our Thursday night lineup.
Then there's the show's aesthetic. Is it a little CGI heavy? Yeah, and no surprise there. However, there's more to it than slightly low-rent computer magic. We are enamoured of the creativity already on display in Wonderland, and the overly stylized vision of a Victoria London madhouse was wonderful.
Most of all, there's Michael Socha as the Knave of Hearts. We'll admit that we're biased in Michael's favor because we love him from BBC supernatural show Being Human, but he truly shown here, making the Knave instantly entertaining and endearing, despite his murky moral compass.
The less good? Peter Gadiot's Cyrus was perfectly charming, but we're not 100 percent sold on his romance with Alice yet, though hopefully flashbacks will help flesh their relationship out as we move forward. We also aren't as intrigued by the villains yet. That said, based on Rumplestiltskin, Regina, Cora, and Peter Pan we know these writers can create terrifying, layered, fascinating antagonists, so hopefully Jafar and the Red Queen will get better as the show goes on.
What did you think of the Wonderland premiere? Vote in our reaction buttons and sound off in the comments below.
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!